By Anonymous - 20/09/2013 22:52 - United States
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I'd say you should try it. In the best case you're rich, and if you fail just get your car painted.
I actually understand this. After watching every episode of Breaking Bad my fiancée turned to me and said "I wonder if we could start cooking meth." Mainly because of the piles of money.
Whenever you're about to do something risky, think of it this way: You'll never be as badass as the game characters you play. Also bullets hurt and you won't regenerate quickly.
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No, fuck that. You didn't seriously consider it "thanks to Grand Theft Auto", you considered it because you're an idiot.I can understand seeing it and drawing comparisons to the game, who wouldn't if you've been playing it so much? But to "seriously consider" holding up an armored bank truck requires more brain power (or the lack thereof) to go as far as that. YDI
I do agree, but have to add, I think GTA is more dangerous than other video games. At the end of the day it is up to the individual but the level of realism and relevance in GTA makes it more likely for these things to happen than say, a similar game with bad graphics or a game with brilliant graphics but based in a different place or time. You can say it's the individuals fault but do you really think someone who is so impressionable that they think stupid things like OP is going to actually recognise this and decide not to play the game that everyone's raving about wherever you go? Probably not. So the game's responsibility is probably debatable, depending on how much you think we need to protect dumbass individuals from hurting others and themselves. Pretty sad really.
8- you took the words out of my mouth. I've been playing shooter games and gta games since I was 5 (I'm 15), NEVER ONCE have I ever thought it would be fun to rob a bank, rob somebody else, kill people, and have I WOULD NEVER think about considering killing a cop!
Doodlecloud, if someone (over the age of 12) plays GTA and decides to become a thug, even if they are impressionable, the responsibility still lies on them. People have gotten inspired by all sorts of media. I can understand with children, because my brother broke his arm trying to fly like Peter Pan when we were six. I would hope no adults are buying their children a game like GTA. But it happens, and if the child shoots up their school trying to be a bad ass then the responsibility is on the parents for not explaining it isn't real.
I'm not saying I'm anti-GTA or video games are completely to blame. With GTA, the amount of research and effort gone into creating a realistic virtual world is phenomenal and the result is simply stunning. I saw a screenshot of the sea the other day and thought it was a photo at first. Do you really think such attention to detail isn't going to make it more difficult for people who already struggle to differentiate between fantasy and reality to disconnect? That's not GTA's fault in itself but you have to recognise that it is making such issues more likely. I don't think there's a lot you can do about it - I don't want video games censored for the majority just because of a minority. I'm just acknowledging that we're not making it any easier for such 'vulnerable' people.
It's all very well saying 'their actions, their consequences, their fault' but the reality is that someone else is going to pay for that other persons mistake, whether they've been beaten up, mugged or something else. So yes, you can say that it's all that person's fault, but that doesn't solve the problem. There will always be people who get sucked into these things, however frustrating that is for the rest of us. You can't just ignore them and let them muck up when other innocent people are going to pay. Or rather, you can, but if you do, then you have to accept that these things may be more likely as contributing factors, whether they're video games or something else, get more powerful.
I didn't read it as 'the video games are making criminals' so much as the OP had played so much recently that their brain was still in game mode. Which I can understand, after a certain amount of time on a game you've been really focused on thinking in a specific way, if you don't take some time to wind down before going out into the real world you may find yourself wanting to go remodel that house or break up that couple walking down the street or.... I spend way too much time in sims.
If someone is that impressionable and that unable to tell the difference from reality and fiction (which most people learn in early childhood), then they shouldn't be playing any video games, reading any fiction, and watching any movies or television shows. They should also avoid plays, internet videos, and news. They might start thinking that they should take on vehicles with arrows, shooting up public places, kicking random people in the balls, murdering murderers, and other such actions.
Just like after playing hours of FIFA I seriously try to make a curling shot from 30 yards out in real life. And fail.